(JustPatriots.com)- According to two people who knew the situation, private rocket company SpaceX dismissed at least five employees after discovering they had written and distributed a letter criticizing founder Elon Musk and pleading with leadership to make the workplace more inclusive.
Three individuals who know of the incident said that SpaceX had fired personnel connected to the letter. The number of fired employees was not explicitly stated.
SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said in an email that the corporation had looked into the letter and removed the personnel involved, according to the New York Times,
According to Shotwell’s email, the letter’s circulators were fired for making other employees feel “uncomfortable, intimidated and harassed, and/or furious because the letter encouraged them to sign onto something that did not reflect their views,” according to the newspaper.
Reuters was unable to verify that claim independently.
According to Reuters, which was viewed as “an open letter to the Executives of SpaceX,” Musk is a “distraction and embarrassment” to the business he built.
SpaceX was required to quickly and explicitly remove itself from Elon’s brand, hold all leadership equally accountable for ensuring SpaceX is a great place to work for everyone, and define and uniformly respond to all forms of inappropriate behavior, according to the letter.
In recent months, Musk, also the CEO of the electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Inc., has made headlines and been the subject of late-night comedy monologues about several topics, including his attempt to acquire Twitter and a claim of sexual harassment.
Musk has refuted the alleged accusation on Twitter.
According to a person familiar with the situation, who asked to remain anonymous, the open letter at SpaceX was created by staff members and posted as an attachment in an internal “Morale Boosters” group chat that unites thousands of employees.
Musk, the company’s CEO and chief engineer, has played a crucial role in many of SpaceX’s notable achievements, including developing a method for reusing orbital rocket boosters and resuming regular human spaceflight from American soil after a nine-year break.
SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell oversees a large portion of the business’ daily operations. She has committed to upholding SpaceX’s “zero tolerance” policies regarding workplace harassment.